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The question of Socialism Vs Capitalism

  • Socialism in some form, which has been around before civilization, will eventually prevail.
  • Part 1: Socialism Vs Capitalism: Past, Present, And Future 
  • Part 2: 'Capitalism Is Mother Earth's Cancer'

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Socialism Vs Capitalism : Past, Present, And Future 

A new synthesis of Marxism and Existentialism rooted in each country's culture, traditions, and needs of workers and not just the bourgeoisie may produce successful leftist regimes in the future. Socialism in some form, which has been around before civilization, will eventually prevail.

Jon Kofas, countercurrents.org

23 September, 2015 | Contemporary civilization and its progress under capitalism are measured largely, though not exclusively, by stock market indicators and the wealth index of corporations and millionaires that mainstream media celebrates. All other issues are only significant if they enhance or diminish corporate wealth. This includes the political, social, environmental issues that may either entail greater profit opportunities or instability and lower profits. “Accordingly, the extent to which corporate democracy represents general, social interests or narrow, profit-oriented interests is largely a function of political contestation and state policy.”

Carl Gershenson, “Protecting Markets from Society: Non-Pecuniary Claims in American Corporate Democracy” Politics and Society (March, 2015, vol. 43, no. 1)

This “corporate measure” of the social contract in modern society is to the exclusion of the misery index in what Frantz Fanon once called “The Wretched of the Earth”, referring to the manner that imperialism determines social class in Africa and the masses’ reaction to create a more socially just society. The conditions Fanon described pertaining to Algerian struggle against French colonialism pertains today to conditions that capitalism universally creates and perpetuates as it always has since its nascent phase in the 15th century when European colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade began. An African-American youth shot by the police in the ghetto in 2015 is just as much a victim of the same class formation that capitalism creates as an Algerian youth fighting against French colonial rule in the 1950s. 

Jon Kofas is a retired university Professor from Indiana University.

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World People's Summit Issues 12 Demands 

Deirdre Fulton, countercurrents.org

Decrying capitalism as a "threat to life," an estimated 7,000 environmentalists, farmers, and Indigenous activists from 40 countries convened in the Bolivian town of Tiquipaya for this weekend's World People's Conference on Climate Change, aiming to elevate the demands of social movements and developing countries in the lead-up to upcoming United Nations-led climate talks.

"Capitalism is Mother Earth's cancer," Bolivian President Evo Morales told the crowd, which also heard over the course of the three-day conference from United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon as well as other Latin American leaders.

Deirdre Fulton, Assistant Professor of Religion in Old Testament, Baylor University

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Chris Hedges | What It Means to Be a Socialist

  • Another%20World%20Rainbow.jpgI can promise you that an open and sustained defiance of global capitalism and the merchants of death, along with the building of a socialist movement, is our only hope.
  • The call to resistance, which will require civil disobedience and jail time, is finally a call to the moral life. Resistance is not about what we achieve, but about what it allows us to become. In the end, I do not fight fascists because I will win. I fight fascists because they are fascists.
  • Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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Sep 20, 2015 | We live in a revolutionary moment. The disastrous economic and political experiment that attempted to organize human behavior around the dictates of the global marketplace has failed. The promised prosperity that was to have raised the living standards of workers through trickle-down economics has been exposed as a lie. A tiny global oligarchy has amassed obscene wealth, while the engine of unfettered corporate capitalism plunders resources, exploits cheap, unorganized labor and creates pliable, corrupt governments that abandon the common good to serve corporate profit. The relentless drive by the fossil fuel industry for profits is destroying the ecosystem, threatening the viability of the human species. And no mechanisms to institute genuine reform or halt the corporate assault are left within the structures of power, which have surrendered to corporate control. The citizen has become irrelevant. He or she can participate in heavily choreographed elections, but the demands of corporations and banks are paramount.

History has amply demonstrated that the seizure of power by a tiny cabal, whether a political party or a clique of oligarchs, leads to despotism. Governments that cater exclusively to a narrow interest group and redirect the machinery of state to furthering the interests of that group are no longer capable of responding rationally in times of crisis. Blindly serving their masters, they acquiesce to the looting of state treasuries to bail out corrupt financial houses and banks while ignoring chronic unemployment and underemployment, along with stagnant or declining wages, crippling debt peonage, a collapsing infrastructure, and the millions left destitute and often homeless by deceptive mortgages and foreclosures.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

  • The two corporate parties have collaborated in knocking off countries targeted for invasion and regime change. They have both nurtured the jihadist international network that was created under presidents Carter and Reagan. And presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are complicit in the capital crime of genocide in the Congo, where six million people have died since 1996. The presidential nominee of either party must be a ghoul, a fiend, or a banshee.
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce

 

 

The Economics of the Environment

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A new edition of The Economics of the Environment, a hard-hitting, thought-provoking anthology that explores issues of environmental destruction and resource depletion that orthodox economists and mainstream journalists fail to address seriously. 

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enviro3cover--230x352.jpgThe Economics of the Environment, 3rd edition, is a lively, thought-provoking supplement designed for courses in environmental or resource economics. This newly updated anthology from Dollars & Sense, the award-winning economics magazine, tackles the issues of environmental destruction and resource depletion that mainstream economics—and mainstream texts—fail to address adequately.

The articles in The Economics of the Environment provide real-world applications of economic theory to the environmental problems of today. They illustrate the importance of economics, and especially of alternatives to mainstream neoclassical environmental economics, for understanding these critical issues—while never letting students forget that the future of the planet and the very survival of our species are at stake.

Dollars and Sense publishes economic news and analysis, reports on economic justice activism, primers on economic topics, and critiques of the mainstream media's coverage of the economy. 

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Robert Reich: America's Immoral Economy

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  • The social contract has become entirely one-sided.
  • The US Economy Continues Its Collapse.

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org / Alternet

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tyranny.jpg September 6, 2015 | An economy depends fundamentally on public morality; some shared standards about what sorts of activities are impermissible because they so fundamentally violate trust that they threaten to undermine the social fabric.

It is ironic that at a time the Republican presidential candidates and state legislators are furiously focusing on private morality – what people do in their bedrooms, contraception, abortion, gay marriage – we are experiencing a far more significant crisis in public morality.

Robert Reich has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He also served on President Obama's transition advisory board. His latest book is "Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future."

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The US Economy Continues Its Collapse, Paul Craig Roberts, Countercurrents.org

  • Clearly, this is not an economy that has a future.
  • 35 soul-crushing facts about American income inequality,

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